Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators

Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Apr;133(4):815-818. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003157.


Medicine has a complex history of mishandling the concept of race. This is a crucial time for the field of obstetrics and gynecology to address racial and ethnic disparities. In this commentary, we address misconceptions about race, show how race can be misused in research and clinical care, and suggest new standards to guide authors as they conduct research on disparities and race.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Female
  • Gynecology / standards
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Obstetrics / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • United States
  • Women's Health*